Introducing our January Teacher of the Month:
When Ryan was first introduced to Socrative, he immediately recognized that it was going to be a “game-changer” because of how it delivers real-time feedback from every student in the class. This ability to quickly see what his students are thinking now allows Ryan to tailor his teaching to the needs of each of his high school Bible classes. One of his favorite things about Socrative is how it gives him the ability to listen to all of his students, even those that are hesitant to speak up in class. He uses Short Answer Quick Question most often to gather his students’ thoughts or “quick writes” and sometimes projects their responses to allow students to hear from each other. He also uses the Multiple Choice and True/False Quick Question features to allow students to vote for their opinions or positions on different topics of discussion.
Ryan has also used Socrative to facilitate a scavenger hunt based upon research his students did in groups on different topics. The student groups created presentations on their topics, which became information “kiosks”, and Ryan gave the class a quiz that required information from each kiosk. Students went through each others’ presentations, learning about each student-researched topic and searching for the information to answer the quiz questions.
Ryan’s students also enjoy using Socrative, as it gives them a voice to provide feedback and influence the direction of the class. He often turns off the name requirement when asking for personal thoughts, views, or experiences in order to encourage more honest answers. He believes this practice has deepened the discussions that they share as a class and gives him access to student opinions that he would never otherwise have access to.
For teachers who are just getting started with Socrative, Ryan suggests using it with their current classroom practices. For example, he suggests instead of asking for a show of hands, use Socrative to take a poll. When doing quick writes, have students respond through Socrative instead of on paper. When asking practice questions, give them through Socrative so you can immediately gauge the class’ understanding. “The beautiful thing about Socrative is that it just gives teachers a quicker, more powerful, and more comprehensive tool to do the same things they’ve been doing”.